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Natural Selection 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Randy Leavitt
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Submitted By: AJ on Jan 1, 2002

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Natural Selection is a very thin crack in a small right facing corner about 30-40 yards left of Catapult. There is a small roof halfway up. Start a little to the right and climb easy rock to a stance 30' up. Here, step left into the shallow corner. There's no distinct crux, pretty fun climbing the whole way.


mostly thin to 1"

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By Dave M Snyder
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Nov 29, 2006

2 Ropes to Rap to the ground from the ledge to the left at the top. Slung boulder.
By Adam D
From: Los Osos, CA
Mar 31, 2009

We were actually able to do it with one 70m rope to the top, then rapped off the slung block to a slung horn/pinnacle to climbers right, then to the ground. Great climb.
By C Frisby
Feb 22, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

The falcon guide gives Natural Selection a bunch of stars and rates it as 11a. This climb has everything from tips to hands and takes gear of all sizes relatively well. Sweet Route.
By Richard Shore
Nov 26, 2012
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Classy line, well-protected at the crux with tiny nuts/cams. Two raps with one 60M cord will get you down. No need to haul a second rope out there. New sling added to the horn rap station 11/2012. 4 out of 5 stars in Randy's book = Josh classic.

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